Southern Ohio Medical Center offers outstanding educational opportunities to residents and medical students through services and experiences that are not always available with larger metropolitan hospital programs. SOMC trainees gain a unique advantage through involvement in all aspects of clinical medicine right from the start of their training. While those in large city hospitals may find themselves challenged to gain this initial level of independence, SOMC trainees flourish in an exceptional educational environment where they immediately achieve the knowledge, clinical skills, and confidence to handle the many situations that arise in clinical practice.
A Message from the Director
Southern Ohio Medical Center is able to create a high-level educational experience though a unique health care system. Tranees receive direct clinical instruction through attending physicians who work in a hospital system with some of the nation’s highest standards for quality. SOMC is a 248-bed hospital that includes a fully operational Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, dedicated obstetric floor. SOMC also runs 12 surgical suites including seven GI and pulmonary suites. SOMC is a fully accredited chest pain center that includes suites dedicated to advanced vascular and open heart surgical procedures.In addition to these services, SOMC has been able to expend its primary, urgent, and specialty care services into the surrounding counties and their communities.
SOMC maintains a staff of more than 266 physicians and specialists, many of whom are appointed faculty members of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). This relationship is made possible through the Clinical Education Network (CEN), an integratedmedical education consortium with many affiliated hospitals statewide. SOMC has a strong, long-standing relationship with OU-HCOM, providing a high quality educational standard for our trainees, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.
SOMC has earned national honors for our commitment to quality. In January 2008 we became the first hospital in the tri-state region to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) highest honor of Magnet status, which recognizes national excellence in nursing. In 2012, SOMC was one of just 620 hospitals nationwide to be named as one of the Joint Commission’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.” SOMC has been named FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last twelve years, ranking 25th in 2019.
On behalf of the faculty of SOMC’s Medical Education Program, I welcome and invite you to explore the many opportunities available here at Southern Ohio Medical Center.
Phillip D. Roberts, DO
Director of Medical Education at SOMC
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(740) 356-8941 (phone)
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(740) 356-7893 (fax)
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Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 248-bed hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services (see Programs and Services for details).
SOMC employs 2,900 full and part-time employees, has a medical staff of more than 266 physicians and specialists, and is supported by more than 434 volunteers.
- 13,000 patients admitted
- 13,000 surgeries
- 79,000 emergency cases
- 174,000 outpatient tests
- SOMC Facilities
- Best Places to Work in Ohio
- FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Magnet Recognition
- About Portsmouth, Ohio